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Asked • 03/14/19

Why does "Leidenschaft" mean "passion" while "leiden" means "to suffer"?

The word "Leidenschaft" strikes me as having a quite weird construction. The [Wiktionary entry]( simply states its etymology to be "Leiden" + "schaft". However it makes little sense to me why "suffering-ship" becomes "passion". When did the word come into daily use, and is there any particular cultural background to it?

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